Susie Wolff promoted to test driver at Williams for 2015

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Williams Martini Racing has today confirmed that Susie Wolff will be remaining with the team for the 2015 Formula 1 season, stepping up to the role of test driver after three years in a development role.

Wolff made history at Silverstone earlier this year, becoming the first woman in 22 years to take part in a race weekend session in practice for the British Grand Prix.

Although her session was cut short due to a technical issue, Wolff did manage to set a very impressive pace during practice for the German Grand Prix two weeks later, answering many of her critics.

At the time, she admitted that she was unsure what the future held for her in F1, but Williams has today confirmed that the Briton will be remaining at the team for 2015.

“Williams is pleased to announce that Susie Wolff will be stepping up to the position of Official Test Driver for Williams Martini Racing for the 2015 Formula 1 season,” a statement read.

“In this role, Susie will be driving the Williams Mercedes FW37 in two FP1 sessions and two test days during the 2015 Formula 1 season. She will also be conducting extensive simulator testing to help in the ongoing development of the FW37 and FW38.

“This new role builds on Susie’s three seasons as Development Driver for Williams which culminated in driving the FW36 during FP1 at the 2014 British and German Grands Prix.

Wolff was delighted to have been retained by Williams for 2015, and hopes to play an important part in the team’s efforts next season.

“This is another step in the right direction for me,” she said. “I am delighted Williams are recognising my progression, hard work and that it is performance that counts.

“Williams is at a very exciting stage in its history and we are moving into 2015 with fantastic momentum, I’m proud to be part of the team.

“I’ll be using my position to work closely with Felipe and Valtteri to make sure that the FW37 builds on the strong performance shown by the FW36.”

Williams is also seeking a replacement for former reserve driver Felipe Nasr, who will step up to a full-time race seat in F1 next season at Sauber.